5 things you didn't know about Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffett is a timeless artist, whose relaxed brand of pop-rock has never gotten old. But how well do you know the man who gave music fans Margaritaville? Discover five things you didn't know about Jimmy Buffett below, before getting your tickets to see Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band live this fall through AXS.

1) He started his career as a folk singer

Buffett wasn't always known for his relaxing pop-rock. His 1970 debut album Down To Earth and its 1971 follow-up High Cumberland Jubilee were folk-rock records. Neither have any trace of the sound that made Buffett a superstar. You can sample both albums on Apple Music and hear how completely different they are from the Buffett music fans know and love.

2) He wrote a song about Captain America

The aforementioned debut record included a song titled "Captain America" that was an odd ode to the Marvel Comics superhero, with a chorus of "Captain America we love you, Captain America you're grand; Oh Spiro Agnew eat your heart out, Captain America's our man." Listen to it by clicking the link above, but you probably won't be hearing it in the next Avengers movie.

3) It took him 30 years to win an award

Though Buffett has been an active musician since 1970, it wasn't until 2003 when he received any kind of critical acclaim. Buffett and Alan Jackson won the Country Music Association Award for Vocal Event of the Year when they teamed up for "Five O'Clock Somewhere." And somehow, he has only two Grammy Award nominations.

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4) His business ventures include Margaritaville Casino

Buffett has turned his hit song "Margaritaville" into an entire brand, licensing the name and general vibe for a number of non-music projects over the years. The oldest of these is Margaritaville Casino in Bossier City, Louisiana, but there's also been a mobile phone game and a themed retirement community in Florida. The New York Times lists other Buffett products, including restaurants, various food products, and almost a dozen hotels.

5) He had a Broadway musical

Buffett was the creative inspiration for a musical called "Escape To Margaritaville," which had a pretty impressive pedigree. Aside from Buffett himself, the musical's book was written by Greg Garcia (the creator of "My Name Is Earl") and Mike O'Malley ("Yes, Dear"). The musical had a relatively brief run on Broadway, opening in February and closing in July, but according to Playbill, a national tour is planned for 2019. Before that happens, though, fans can see Buffett on tour next month.

Tickets for Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band at MGM Grand Garden Arena are on sale now through AXS, using the links below:

Oct. 17 - Salt Lake City, UT - Vivint Smart Home Arena (Tickets)
Oct. 20 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena (Tickets)

For more on Jimmy Buffett, visit his artist page at AXS.